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    A busy weekend as classical season takes off

    October 22, 2014 by Gregory Stepanich

    A busy weekend as classical season takes off
    Nathalie Avila. And suddenly, the season is full flower. This weekend is one of the many overbooked ones between now and April, and here’s a look at the reasons why: Miami Music Festival From Around the World: Newly renamed in its third season, Adolfo Vidal’s four-concert...
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    BareBones' "Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Spectacular" marks the turn of the seasons

    October 22, 2014 by Susannah Schouweiler

    BareBones' "Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Spectacular" marks the turn of the seasons
    Photo from "Carry On!" 2013 by Farrington Starnes. Courtesy of BareBones Productions This weekend, BareBones Productions will open the first of five showings of “Metamorphosoup,” the 21st iteration of the performing arts nonprofit’s “Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza.” Billed as a “community-created spectacle” the all-ages production...
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    The hip hop legend Slick Rick performs at the Cox Capitol Theatre

    October 22, 2014 by Y-O Latimore

    The hip hop legend Slick Rick performs at the Cox Capitol Theatre
    Slick Rick. If you were born in the 1970s, more than likely, your teenage life was touched by music from Slick Rick. Nevertheless, many people of all ages and from different backgrounds have rocked out to the tunes of Slick Rick, also known as MC Ricky...
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    None Too Fragile’s “On an Average Day” coming to Akron Civic Theatre for one-night only performance

    October 22, 2014 by Roger Durbin

    None Too Fragile’s “On an Average Day” coming to Akron Civic Theatre for one-night only performance
    The first production ever by the talented group of actors and play bringers at None Too Fragile was “On an Average Day,” John Kolvenbach’s deeply riveting and psychologically chilling drama about two emotionally fraught brothers. The play, which is currently being performed at the theater’s spot in Pub Bricco, is...
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    Next City’s new column, 'In Public,' takes you inside the spaces that foster civic life

    October 22, 2014 by Knight Foundation

    Next City’s new column, 'In Public,' takes you inside the spaces that foster civic life

    Knight Foundation is supporting the new Next City series "In Public" to help civic innovators better understand how public space and civic life intersect and how these lessons can help build more successful communities. This article is re-posted from NextCity.org. (Photo by Allen Skyy via Flickr)

    The High Line. Las Ramblas. Tahrir Square. Cincinnati’s Washington Park.

    CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE SERIES ON NEXTCITY.ORG

    Urban landscapes may be covered by mostly private property, but when we think about cities, we usually picture the swathes of grass and pavement where we jumble together like so many bingo balls. These public spaces can become realms for inclusiveness and social integration or anxious spheres that encourage distance and sorting. While we intuitively sense the difference between Central Park and an office building plaza, rarely do we analyze why some civic spaces succeed in catalyzing empathy and connectivity, while others become isolated by class and race. To better understand how public space and civic life intersect, Next City is launching a new six-month series of articles called “In Public,” with funding from the the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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    ‘Knight Cities’ podcast: Jeff Risom of Gehl Architects on improving the quality of public life

    October 22, 2014 by Carol Coletta

    ‘Knight Cities’ podcast: Jeff Risom of Gehl Architects on improving the quality of public life

    Public life is making a comeback in U.S. cities after more than 50 years of decline, inspired, in large part, by the work of Gehl Architects in Copenhagen. Helping cities accelerate that movement and get the details of public space right is a special talent of Jeff Risom. He is partner and managing director of Gehl Studio, the U.S. subsidiary of Gehl Architects, where he oversees design, planning and research projects throughout the Americas. Gehl has worked with cities worldwide to use public space to shape public life.

    Listen to my conversation with Jeff here. And sign up for the “Knight Cities” newsletter to get alerts as soon as new conversations are posted.

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    Our global dreams and fears: News as emotion

    October 22, 2014 by Kalev H. Leetaru

    Our global dreams and fears: News as emotion

    Below, Kalev H. Leetaru, a data scientist and the past 2013-2014 Yahoo Fellow at Georgetown University, writes about reimagining news as emotion using the Internet Archives, which Knight Foundation supports

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    Figure 1 - Intensity of the emotion “anxiety” in American television news over the last four years

    The world’s news media isn’t merely a clinical chronology of global events: It is a lens onto the dreams and fears of our global world.  As journalists report on events from the mundane to the extraordinary, they do so through the lens of their own experiences, beliefs and views. Each unfolding detail is contextualized through the stories of those participating and affected. Coverage of a labor protest goes beyond the impersonal who, when and where, to the what and why, capturing the rich tapestry of emotional undercurrents that define human life.

    What if we could quantitatively measure and visualize the emotion of the world’s news? Identifying areas where reporting on a disease outbreak devolves from concern to panic or where a previously downtrodden region suddenly finds a euphoric new vision for the future?  Creating a global “happiness” ranking of the world’s cities and identifying the topics that appear in the most positive and most negative light in every corner of the globe?  In short, what if we could reimagine the news not as a simple conveyer of facts, but as a coarse reflection onto the emotions, the dreams and fears, of global society? Last week we released a dataset that does just that. Here’s how we got there.

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    Five answers with Matt Voigt, saambaa

    October 22, 2014 by Sean O'Leary

    Five answers with Matt Voigt, saambaa

    Matt Voigt is the founder of saambaa, whose product enables media publishers to publish local information and entertainment content, publish it to a mobile app and derive additional revenue.  Saambaa is already working with 25 media companies, including Hearst, and a variety of local newspapers. Knight invested in a seed round for Saambaa via the Knight Enterprise Fund. This article is cross-posted with permission from the Newspaper Association of America. Five Answers is a weekly series that features a member of the newspaper industry answering five questions. If you'd like to participate, email [email protected].

    Matt Voigt is the Chief Instigator at saambaa, which is supported by the Knight Enterprise Fund. Saambaa enables newsrooms to publish local information and entertainment content on a branded mobile app that helps them generate revenue and connect with a younger audience. 

    Matt presented at NAA mediaXchange in March during the inaugural Accelerator Pitch Program

    1) How do you read the newspaper - print, online and/or mobile?  I haven't read a printed newspaper since March of 2009. I consume news 90% on mobile and 10% desktop. I can't share stories on print, and I share 20-30% of the stories I read with friends and family. I'm also always on the go, and it's kind of hard to fit a newspaper in my pocket. :) 

     

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    Sundance comes to #KnightCities

    October 21, 2014 by Valerie Nahmad

    Sundance comes to #KnightCities
    By Nate von Zumwalt, editorial manager for Sundance Institute. Discovering and supporting independent artists is what Sundance Institute is all about. We believe that providing an inclusive space for artists to create and thrive encourages diverse stories and greater understanding. In 2013, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation...
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    A chat with Alyce Robertson, executive director Downtown Development Authority

    October 21, 2014 by Valerie Nahmad

    A chat with Alyce Robertson, executive director Downtown Development Authority
    By Laura Bruney, Arts & Business Council of Miami Alyce Robertson is Executive Director of Miami’s Downtown Development Authority. The Great Recession wreaked havoc on downtown Miami with empty condos and a surplus of office space that even the most bullish economists thought would take a decade to absorb. But...
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    Duval-Carrié joins ranks of art elite

    October 21, 2014 by Anne Tschida

    Duval-Carrié joins ranks of art elite
    Opening night for "Imagined Landscapes," solo show from Duval-Carrié at PAMM. Edouard Duval-Carrié needs no introduction to the local art world, or to the socially active community. Fresh off his highly acclaimed solo exhibition at PAMM last spring, Duval-Carrié has cemented a permanent place in Miami’s...
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    New events combine Miami’s love for sports with technology

    October 21, 2014 by Frank Haggar

    New events combine Miami’s love for sports with technology

    The newest events on the Miami tech scene, Tech Weekend @ The Dolphins and Tech Networking @ The Dolphins combine South Florida’s passion for sports with its rapidly growing tech scene. These sports-themed gatherings allow local software and IT enthusiasts access to insights from Dolphins IT staff and Sun Life Stadium facilities to learn, network and share ideas. They will also add another layer to Miami’s increasingly diverse idea ecosystem, allowing participants the chance to explore how technology can leverage and enhance Miami’s great love for sports.

    The events are supported by Knight Foundation, as well as the Dolphins.

    The first of these, Tech Weekend @ The Dolphins will kick off this week on Oct. 25, bringing together sports, technology and entrepreneurship. Included in the program are tech meetups at Sun Life Stadium and professional training sessions on IT and coding. A teach-a-thon event will also introduce local high school students to HTML web design and game development, as a way to engage them in idea-building.

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    PuppetLAB theater brings a colorful and impactful program of new work to PuppetART Theater

    October 21, 2014 by Rosie Sharp

    PuppetLAB theater brings a colorful and impactful program of new work to PuppetART Theater
    On the weekend of October 17-18, PuppetART Theater (a Knight Arts grantee) held the PuppetLAB Festival, two nights of original puppet performances, some of which have been in development for more than a year. PuppetLAB is a program that runs from June-October, with the goal of developing new puppet performances,...
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    Art of the hex and finding meaning in secular magic with Nick Lenker

    October 21, 2014 by CSchwartz

    Art of the hex and finding meaning in secular magic with Nick Lenker
    Shamanistic rituals filled with enigmatic symbolism are occurring at Practice Gallery in the most fancy of ways: Fancy Dutch ways. Anyone familiar with the Pennsylvania Dutch (German) immigrants that populated many parts of the Keystone State through the 17th and 18th centuries might also know about their patterned ceramics or...
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    41 ideas advance in Knight News Challenge: Libraries

    October 21, 2014 by Chris Barr

    41 ideas advance in Knight News Challenge: Libraries

    Last week 11 advisers helped us select a group of semifinalists for the Knight News Challenge: Libraries. Today, we are excited to announce that 41 projects have moved to the next stage of consideration. These semifinalists will have a week to fine tune their entries before we begin work with another set of advisers to choose the finalists.

    We received 680 submissions to the challenge, which is focused on the question: how might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?

    Having the opportunity to look at a multitude of ideas from the library community is immensely valuable to our work. It gives us the chance to understand the shared energy among those working to innovate in the field and the shifting role of libraries in the digital age. Here are some of the themes that emerged as we reviewed the 680 entries: